Fitness

Training Masters Fitness Athletes: Lessons on Goals, Volume, and Intensity

As functional fitness training continues to grow into 2017, the number of participants aged 50+ also continues to rise. Whether they be former athletes, or your average weekend warrior, it is important to take the appropriate precautions when designing...

5 Reasons Functional Fitness Athletes Can Benefit from “Formal” Weightlifting

Being a weightlifting coach at a premiere CrossFit® gym in New York City, I have had the opportunity to work with many members and drop-ins from all over the globe, who in one way or another have embraced the...

Murph In Space: How This Astronaut Does CrossFit Workouts In Orbit

If you want to be an astronaut, you don't just need a science background and a thousand hours of pilot time in a jet aircraft—you need to train legs. BarBend was lucky enough to sit down with U.S. Air Force...

3 Exercises for a Stronger Psoas

If you want big lifts, the little things count. Mobility, myofascial release, sleep quality, accessory exercises… OK, none of those things are little, but they tend to be treated as such. When it comes to hip flexors, a lot of us...

How Long Should You Rest Between Sets? What the Science Suggests

It's generally understood that rest time is dependent on type of exercise, training goal, and rep scheme. For example, heavier multi-joint exercises with low-reps receive longer rest, while lighter single-joint movements receive less rest. This is usually common knowledge among lifters,...

3 Arm Workouts for Weightlifters and Functional Fitness Athletes

In an earlier article I made my case for the programming of arm training (specifically biceps) in strength and power athletes. In weightlifting and functional fitness programming, arm-specific exercises are often overlooked and/or undervalued due to the lack of...

Deadlift Plateau? Try One of These 13 Underrated Fixes

Few things are more frustrating than strength plateaus, especially if you’re following a well-designed program that was supposed to help you crush a new PR. If you’re lifting in an intelligent and periodized fashion and you’re failing to increase your...

Nike, Reebok, Adidas: 2017 New Shoe Release Roundup

In the last two months Nike, Reebok, and Adidas have all released new cross trainers and lifting shoes. In the lead up to each shoe's release, there were multiple rumored shoe speculations, photo leaks, and release dates. Athletes following their favorite brands waiting for...

The Practical Applications of Using Complex Training to Increase Power

Strength athletes require two key aspects (among others of course) for success in their lifting: Strength & Power. Unfortunately, there's often a confusion that surrounds training both of these at once, especially when lifters are programming for themselves. Typically athletes understand power involves moving weight with...

9 Mesmerizing Lifting Equipment Drop Tests Worth Watching

I've now spent roughly 30-minutes of my day watching lifting equipment drop tests (don't tell my boss, but day well spent). This is all thanks to Eleiko for sharing their most recent B&R Half Rack drop test video...thanks a...

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The holidays can be a challenging few weeks when it comes to finding the time (and resources) to train how you normally do. For...

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